As the world continues its battle against COVID-19 several precautions and measures have been put into place in order to stop the spread of the virus. For cases with mild symptoms, many individuals are encouraged to quarantine at home by their respective governments.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia recently announced the introduction of electronic wristband trackers to monitor those who have tested positive for the virus and are self-isolating.
Dr Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly, Spokesperson for Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health, said the wristbands are being launched “. . . not just to monitor and follow up on infected individuals, but to provide further services to reassure citizens and residents.”
According to About Her Kuwait, Bahrain, South Korea, Bulgaria and Hong Kong have also been researching the use of similar wristbands in order to record the movements of individuals who have tested positive, using GPS satellite location data.
BBC reported, the wristbands withhold information about the user such as assuring the individual is staying at home, alerting authorities if an attempt is made to remove the wristband, monitor heart rate and can be used to call emergency services.
Saudi Arabia has confirmed 1,881 new cases and 22 fatalities as of June 1. In order to minimise the demands on hospitals across the country, the Kingdom has introduced a warning system on the Tawakkalna App, which provides individuals with information about the current number of COVID-19 infections and tips for stopping the spread of the virus.
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